The Summer Wedding is the second book in the Married in Malibu series. It’s a spin-off of Lucy Kevin’s “Four Weddings and a Fiasco” series. Lucy Kevin is the pen-name of Bella Andre (who writes about The Sullivans, click here for all the updates!). Lucy Kevin books are fun, flirty and romantic―without the steamy scenes. Bella Andre is married and has two children. She likes reading, hiking, swimming and most of all laughing. Bella lives in Northern California and has a vacation home in the Adirondacks.
The Summer Wedding is about Jenn and Daniel: “Jenn Fairhurst wants her Married in Malibu wedding cakes to be legendary. Her job baking sweet treats at the Southern California wedding venue means everything to her, even if she’s not sure that she’ll ever be able to love, or trust a man, again after going through a terrible divorce. Daniel Brooker is an award-winning photojournalist who gave up his globetrotting career to become a wedding photographer after his wife passed away, leaving him as the sole parent to his son and daughter. After such a tragic loss, he never thought he’d be able to love again. Until he met Jenn. Right when it looks like Jenn might finally be ready to give love another try, her past comes back to haunt her. Will she be able to risk her heart again?”
Married in Malibu is all about weddings and love, but in The Summer Wedding you fall in love with Jenn who is the pastry chef and makes the most incredibly delightful wedding cakes. You can almost taste the cakes through the words, while licking your lips. I just had one thought, I want something sinful delicious, now!
“It didn’t matter that the cake had collapsed. Life, as they both knew so well, was often messy. Sometimes you were able to laugh about it, other times you needed a good cry.”
Bella Andre is one of the most talented writers I know and I enjoy every single book that she has written. She gives her characters depth and a real personality with flaws and hick ups. Through words alone she can create a whole new world. In this world you can feel all the emotions, you can see every minute detail on the faces of the characters as if you were part of the story. It’s as if you are not only reading it, but that you are living it. This is such a gift and it makes all of her books magnificent.
The only problem I had with The Summer Wedding is that this extraordinary story ended too soon. I could have read on and on about the wonderful people of Married in Malibu. Luckily for us there are a few books more to come!
8 / 10 I missed some of the hot sparks and interactions between Jenn and Daniel in The Summer Wedding. But maybe when you have suffered such a lost, you’re searching for some security that warms all the cold places of your heart. And that is what she wrote so beautifully and why it will speak to you through every word you read.